Based at Melton Mowbray, Kettleby Foods produces high quality chilled ready meals, supplying major retail and branded customers.Starting in 1999 with a range of potato topped pies, over the years we have built an enviable reputation for producing to the highest quality and in an efficient manner using the latest technology. Our diverse range of products now exceeds 120 using the finest ingredients sourced locally where possible.
Our team at Kettleby is dedicated to improving site environmental performance and where possible reducing the impact on the environment. In 2011 this commitment was rewarded with the achievement of the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001.
Since then the team has set a number of reduction targets around utilities and waste from the production facility. In 2011 the purchasing team decided to look at developing an approach to move the packaging waste, coming onto site from suppliers, up the waste hierarchy. Using the '3 R's' principle, reduce, reuse and recycle.
78,158kg cardboard packaging avoided
How the challenge was overcomeThe team identified the greatest opportunity for reduction would come from preventing the waste from arriving on site in the first place and spent time reviewing the following:
- How ingredients were being delivered into site
- The size of containers being used
- The type of materials being used to transport the goods
- The excess packaging being sent with the goods
- Road miles
5,615kg plastic packaging avoided